USA state department refuses to echo NASA’s criticism of ASAT test

USA state department refuses to echo NASA’s criticism of ASAT test

On Tuesday, Tapan Misra, senior advisor to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman, said that India would not conduct any actions to deliberately cause accidents in space, as reported by The Indian Express.

Bridenstine made the comments on Monday while speaking to NASA employees at a town hall meeting, reports Space.

"What we are tracking right now, objects big enough to track - we're talking about 10 centimetres (six inches) or bigger - about 60 pieces have been tracked", he added.

"We are charged with commercializing low Earth orbit; we are charged with enabling more activities in space than we've ever seen before for the goal of benefiting the human condition, whether it's pharmaceuticals or printing human organs in 3D to save lives here on Earth, or manufacturing capabilities in space that you're not able to do in a gravity well..." The United States, China, and Russian Federation have similar missiles.

While India has joined an elite club of countries with ASAT weapons, the development has irked agencies and governments around the world.

In March, SpaceX successfully completed a almost weeklong test mission in space.

The Indian foreign ministry said: "The test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure that there is no space debris". "Whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back on to the Earth within weeks", it said.

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At the state department's daily briefing across town from the NASA headquarters where India's ASAT test was subjecting to a tongue-lashing, deputy spokesman Robert Palladino took a more measured approach, choosing to validate the Indian government statements that the test was created to address space debris issues.

The state department's softball approach to the test contrasted sharply with the hardline taken by the NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine who characterized the Indian test as a "terrible, bad thing" that endangered the ISS and said it is "unacceptable" and "that kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight". "And that kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight".

The NASA chief said so in response to U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's question why the country need a "crash program for the Moon".

The fear is that a shard of the shattered satellite could strike and damage the ISS. In February, the space agency also began exploring the possibility of buying additional Soyuz rides to the space station through September, 2020, as it waits for Starliner and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft to begin operational service. "That's a bad, awful thing to create", he said. The NASA chief is anxious about a copycat effect, in which other countries will now feel compelled to demonstrate their own anti-satellite capacity.

After "Mission Shakti", India's A-SAT missile test, the risk of collision with the ISS has increased by 44 per cent within 10 days. That said, Bridenstine assured the town hall audience that the six people now on board the ISS aren't in any immediate danger.

It came after NASA's new schedule to land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024, four years ahead of its previous schedule, an aggressive plan U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called a "stated policy of this administration", but American lawmakers anxious NASA couldn't meet the deadline. In orbit, we have 2,000 functional satellites.